Everyone is sending links to articles about Scott Olsen, a two-tour veteran of iraq and a member of veterans For peace and Iraq veterans Against the War. olsen was injured when Oakland police attempted to clear the groups of smelly hippies and other protesters from their occupation. olsen, according to news reports, has a fractured skull from a projectile launched by police (by projectile, I’m guessing everyone means a rubber bullet, but they don’t want to say it out loud).
It’s terrible that Olsen has been injured in such a brutal fashion, what’s really terrible is the way the hippies and the prtend veterans of Veterans For Peace are using his broken carcass for their own purposes.
I don’t know if Olsen is really a Marine or if he had two tours of Iraq behind him…those of you with MOL accounts can find that out, since he left the Corp last year, supposedly. I’d like to believe that there are veterans out there who are who they say they are…it’s rare, but I want to believe it.
I also don’t know what happened to Olsen or who did it, but even if what teh hippies are saying is entirely true, he shouldn’t have been resisting the police, which is what all of the crowd were doing. the hippies are saying he was injured for “speaking out” but he wasn’t speaking out, he was breaking the law. Veterans don’t get a pass when they break the law, even if it’s just a law we don’t agree with.
Now, the hippies get to hide behind Olsen’s broken body and make a martyr of him…someone they would have spit on a few weeks ago and called a baby-killer. Scott, if you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas. laying down with VFP and IVAW gets you shot with rubber bullets. And then they get to use your unconcious body as a bloody shirt.
And IVAW gets to use your blood-stained image to raise money;